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The big finale

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 16:32
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Article Featured Article Kings-Devils Stanley cup

Just like the previous rounds my predictions where 50/50 in the Conference finals. I had the Kings making it through but not the Devils. New Jersey has been one of those teams this year that is hard to predict. When you look at the struggles they had against the Panthers in round one, you would never have guessed that they would be at the big dance but here they are. Here’s a question would the Devils have made it to the finals if they would of faced any other team in the Eastern final?

The Conference finals

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 15:43

Well here we go the final four, New York versus New Jersey and Los Angeles versus Phoenix. Who will win their Conference finals and go on to battle for Lord Stanley’s Cup? One thing is for sure it might not be necessarily who you think it should be. The thing that especially holds true in this year’s playoffs is unpredictability.  If you had told me that the Coyotes were going to make this year’s final four I would have given you one of those looks or simply chuckled out loud, but here they are.

Playoff Predictions Round 2

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Friday, April 27, 2012 - 14:10

Last night round one ended with two game sevens and the late game took double overtime to declare the winner. If round one showed us anything, it’s that today’s NHL is becoming harder and harder to predict. I managed to go 4 for 8 in round one but only was able to call a perfect series only once. I called the upset of the Capitals over the Bruins but let’s be honest part of that prediction was wishful thinking.
   

Playoff Predictions: Round 1

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 11:40

Before the season started I made my predictions on where I felt the Eastern Conference teams would finish after 82 games. Needless to say I did not fare so well as a couple of teams underperformed and others had a much stronger season than expected. In the end I predicted five of the eight playoff teams that have made it and three of those picks were right on the money as far as where they seeded. The two teams that really made me look bad however, are the Ottawa Senators and the Florida Panthers.

Finally, it’s over!

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 14:33
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Maple Leafs Habs-Leafs Montreal-Toronto

Saturday night marked the end of the season for the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs as the two teams closed out the season at the Bell Center. The two will be more than happy to put the season behind them as the end result was not what either team had hoped for 82 games ago.

The axe has finally fallen!

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 14:36

With only five games left to go in the season, Geoff Molson has made an announcement that will make Hab fans everywhere rejoice. Pierre Gauthier has been fired!

Along with Gauthier, Bob Gainey has also been released of his duties while Larry Carriere has stepped down as assistant coach to return to his front office job until a new GM is appointed.

Habs give Sabres a scare

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 16:03
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Sabres Habs-Sabres Montreal-Buffalo

After going two for three on the Western road trip, Montreal had one more stop before returning to the Bell Center. Their opponents where the Buffalo Sabres, a team who was desperately seeking the two points as they are still in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Another no show for Bourque versus the Flames

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 11:38
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Flames Habs-Flames Montreal-Calgary

Coming off a disappointing effort versus the Maple Leafs on Saturday, Montreal embarked on their Western road trip with their first stop in Calgary. You knew the Flames would be ready for this match up as they desperately needed the two points in order to keep pace with the other teams in their Conference.

Reckless Abandonment

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Friday, March 2, 2012 - 12:47
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Wild Habs-Wild Montreal-Minnesota

It only took ten seconds for Ryan White to locate Stephane Veilleux on the ice, starting the game with an early scuffle. The fight was not much to write home about but the message was sent that the Habs were in a foul mood as they looked to end their losing streak.

1:26 later, Jed Ortmeyer got called for a double minor when his stick caught Aaron Palushaj around the eye causing him to leave the game. Shortly after that Minnesota received another penalty when Justin Faulk got called for holding Erik Cole as he was cutting to the front of the net.

Five and counting

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 11:35
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Lightning Habs-Bolts Montreal-Tampa Bay

With the trade deadline come and gone, Montreal returned to action Tuesday night looking to turn their fortune around. There were a few lineup changes as Montreal swapped Louis Leblanc for Blake Geoffrion with the Bulldogs and inserted Brad Staubitz who was picked up off the waiver wire yesterday afternoon. This also marked the first game that the Habs would play without the services of Andrei Kostitsyn as he was reunited with his brother Sergei in a trade with the Nashville Predators.

Kostitsyn brothers reunited

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Monday, February 27, 2012 - 11:08
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News & Rumours Kostitsyn traded News Snippet trade deadline

The Montreal Canadiens have made the first trade of the day by saying goodbye to the enigmatic Andrei Kostitsyn. Andrei will be reunited with his brother Sergei as the Habs have once again opted to work a deal with the Nashville Predators. Montreal will receive Nashville’s 2nd round draft pick in 2013 as well as the conditional 5th round draft pick that they had traded to the Predators in the Hal Gill trade.

Time to unload

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 14:57
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Stars Habs-Stars Montreal-Dallas

After a poor performance versus the New Jersey Devils on Sunday, Montreal returned to action in a match-up versus the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. The game was billed as being one to look forward to as it marked the return of former Habs Stephane Robidas, Michael Ryder and Mike Ribeiro to the Bell Center. What made the game even more appealing was the fact that both teams are fighting to climb back into the playoff picture and Montreal had a habit of bouncing back after bad games as of late.

Trade Auditions?

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 17:48
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Sabres Habs-Sabres Montreal-Buffalo

With Hal Gill being traded hours earlier, the Habs had to refocus before taking on a Buffalo Sabres team that they had not yet beaten this season. The Sabres not only all three previous match-ups in this season but they also have won the last six meetings between the two clubs dating back to last season.

Habs send Gill to music city

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Friday, February 17, 2012 - 15:13
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News & Rumours Boom Boom's grandson Gill traded News Snippet

To no one’s surprise the Montreal Canadiens have traded veteran defenseman Hal Gill today. The former Stanley cup winner and thirteen year vet will now bring his services to the Nashville Predators. Along with Gill Montreal also included a conditional fifth round pick in 2013. In exchange, the Habs received a second round draft pick along with two players in their twenties who will most likely be sent to the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Gutsy effort earns a point

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 20:14
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Bruins Habs-Bruins Montreal-Boston

After failing to hold on to a lead Monday night against Kirk Muller’s Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal welcomed their biggest rivals to the Bell Center on Wednesday.  You knew the Bruins would be raring to go against the Habs as they had just lost their previous Matchup a night earlier, going down 3-0 at the hands of the Rangers.

The game started with a feeling out process as both teams looked to see who would crack first. This brought out the physical game as both began to throw their weight around looking to punish their opponent.

Habs blank Leafs on Sundin night

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 12:24
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Maple Leafs Habs-Leafs Montreal-Toronto

After hanging on for a victory against the Islanders on Thursday night, the Habs traveled to Toronto for an important match up with the eight placed Leafs. The Leafs chose this night to honor their former captain Mats Sundin with a brief ceremony prior to the game. If management hoped that the ceremony would inspire a victory versus the Habs, their plan failed miserably as the complete opposite occurred.

Gomez scores winning power play goal for Habs

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Friday, February 10, 2012 - 14:04
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Islanders Habs-Isles Montreal-New York

After finally winning shootout game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night, Montreal traveled to Long Island looking to extend their win streak. The New York Islanders on the other hand were looking to end that streak as they wanted to stay ahead of the Habs in the standings.

Habs avoid season sweep versus Pens

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 15:18
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Penguins Habs-Pens Montreal-Pittsburgh

After splitting their weekend matinees versus the Caps and Jets, Montreal welcomed the pesky Pittsburgh Penguins to the Bell Center Tuesday night. This is a team who has been a thorn in the Canadiens side this season, as they have one all three previous outings with two of them coming in the form of comebacks.

Habs split weekend matinees

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Monday, February 6, 2012 - 14:29
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Jets Habs-Jets Montreal-Winnipeg

If you were to compare the two games the Habs played over the weekend it would be easy to say that the games where mirror images of themselves. One team came to play and the other mostly stood around and watched.  

Saturday’s game saw another listless performance by the Habs. Even though they outshot the Washington Capitals 30-23, the majority of those shots came from non-scoring areas making Tomas Vokoun’s shutout a walk in the park. Peter Budaj played a decent game but his efforts weren’t enough to overcome the lackluster effort by his teammates.

Habs Hit Rock Bottom

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Friday, February 3, 2012 - 12:06
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Devils Habs-Devils Montreal-New Jersey

Coming off a lousy performance versus the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, Montreal headed to New Jersey hoping to bounce back. The Devils on the other hand were looking to improve on their eight place position while widening the gap between themselves and the Habs.

Montreal came out as the hungrier of the two teams as they attacked the Devils zone right off the first shift. Their determination prevailed at the 4:11 mark when Rene Bourque banked one off of David Desharnais’ visor who was crashing the net. The puck crossed the line and the Habs had the early lead.

Outplayed again!

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 18:17
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Sabres Habs-Sabres Montreal-Buffalo

Montreal returned to action Tuesday night, ready to face a Buffalo Sabres team who has also faced their fair share of adversity this season. With the Sabres being only two points behind the Habs in the standings, everyone expected this to be a playoff type game. What we got instead was one team who wanted it badly while the other seemed complacent throughout the night. Let’s be honest, if it wasn’t for Carey Price the scoreboard would have been much worse than the 3-1 loss that ensued.

A shocking win!

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 17:37
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Red Wings Habs-Wings Montreal-Detroit

The Habs bizarre season continued last night as they hosted the red hot Detroit Red Wings, a team who won their last seven games. You knew the Wings would be a little weaker without the services of their all-star defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, who was out with the flu but no one could of predicted that the Wings were about to be embarrassed by the Habs.

Simply Outplayed

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 17:24
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Blues Habs-Blues Montreal-St. Louis

The anticipation for last night’s game was huge; it seemed that as game time approached no one was talking about the Habs trying to get a much needed two points. Instead all of the focus was on the return of playoff hero Jaroslav Halak. This marked the first time that Halak played at the Bell Center since being traded to St. Louis and the fans welcomed him back with a warm greeting. This was made very clear as he received an early cheer from the crowd upon his first touch of the puck.

Habs edge Lightning

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 16:29
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Lightning Habs-Bolts Montreal-Tampa Bay

After winning their first game of the New Year against the Jets, Montreal welcomed the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Bell Center Saturday night looking to go two for two in 2012. The Habs started the first period with lots of energy but it was the Lightning who struck first. At 3:24, Vincent Lecavalier fooled Carey Price with a quick deflection from the side of then net off of a Domenic Moore shot. The goal also fooled the boys upstairs, as it was originally credited to Moore but was later corrected after they reviewed the footage.

Ellerrific!

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 16:18
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Jets Habs-Jets Montreal-Winnipeg

With 2011 behind the Montreal Canadiens returned to the Bell Center last night looking to kick off the New Year on a positive note. The Winnipeg Jets where the visitors, a team that the Habs faced not so long ago and where totally embarrassed in a 4-0 loss. The Habs also had something to prove to their fans as after getting their first win under head coach Randy Cunneyworth, the Habs lost 2 straight against the Florida teams to close out 2011.